There have been indications from Liverpool that they are set to try and shed plenty of players from the payroll this summer, but are drastic changes really needed?
Thursday's loss to Zenit St Petersburg might well have marked the point of the season where Liverpool's quest for a trophy was effectively ended, and despite the convincing win over Swansea at the weekend, their Premier League form throughout the year has often left plenty to be desired. Is their squad really in need of a summer clear out?
The speculation in the press suggests Brendan Rodgers is ready to let several senior squad members leave as he attempts to reshape the club in his image. However the club’s season has been far from so disastrous as to make this the best option.
Although they will likely end up without a trophy and maybe even outside the European places, they have delivered excellent performances in recent weeks against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, and had they not made a couple of foolish mistakes at the back, Liverpool could easily have won those matches.
The players rumoured for the chop include the likes of Skrtel and Reina, who have been culpable on occasions for cheap goals that have severely cost their side. However they are good footballers, and it has to be questioned whether Liverpool are really able to replace three or four senior players that easily.
The transfer market is skewed by clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea, meaning Liverpool will generally be competing with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for players able to improve their squad. Both of those sides are likely to have European football next season, and one will probably be in the Champions League. Are Liverpool confident they can beat those teams to the players they need, and if not, can they risk letting several first team men leave?
After a difficult few months, there is a tendency for people to overreact and expect big changes at their club. Liverpool have had a poor season, but still have the spine of a good team in place at Anfield - The win over Swansea showed exactly what they can do when they click, and the doom-mongers having their say after Zenit may be quickly reconsidering.
A drastic summer clear out is far more likely to hinder the club's development rather than aid it.
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